The Williamson County and Cities Health District has confirmed the West Nile Virus in a mosquito trap sample located in Cedar Park. This testing is part of the City of Cedar Park’s proactive participation in the Williamson County and Cities Health District’s mosquito management program. The positive test was indicated in a lab result from the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin.
There are currently no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Cedar Park. Williamson County has seen no reported human cases since last fall. West Nile Virus should not be confused with other mosquito-borne viruses. For more information about West Nile Virus visit www.wcchd.org or www.txwestnile.org.
The Health District has six traps at various locations throughout Cedar Park. The species that tested positive is Culex quinquefasciatus (southern house mosquito). It was collected in southwest Cedar Park, near the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and Sun Chase Boulevard. This species has a flight range of about one mile.
The City is following the Health District’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management which, at this time, call for enhanced monitoring and testing, along with increased public outreach and education.
The Williamson County and Cities Health District is encouraging everyone to be especially vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors – and preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property.
As part of its Fight the Bite campaign, the Health District recommends the 3 Ds of mosquito safety.
• Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed and treat water that can’t be drained,
• Defend by using an EPA-approved insect repellent, and
• Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
For more information on mosquito safety, please visit the Williamson County and Cities Health District’s website.